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The Seven Days: The Emergence of Lee

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During the Seven Days Campaign--the series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862--General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia routed General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the Confederates repulsed the powerful offensive of the Yankees, they failed to win a complete and decisive victory. The campaign had far-reaching consequence ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1964)
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Monte Lamb
Sep 30, 2010 Monte Lamb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you read or study the Civil War, this book is a very good guide on the "Seven Days" battles around Richmond in June-July, 1862. Mr. Dowdey is opinionated and certainly takes several people to task on both sides of the conflict. Initially, I was concerned his reverance for Robert E. Lee might color the book too much, but in the end, he was fair and pointed out both good and bad things Lee did during the battle. The detail is good and the research seems to be complete with few areas left uncove ...more
Mr. Kovach
Dec 12, 2015 Mr. Kovach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A terrific, detailed, erudite study of this unappreciated campaign of The War Between the States. It started with McClellan hoping to convince the Confederacy that the North's overwhelming resources made rebellion futile (ala the Howe brothers). He wanted things settled with as little damage and bloodshed as possible; perhaps this explains his unwillingness to fight. Problem was that post-Johnston, newly minted Southern commander R.E. Lee WAS willing to fight. At the end of the week, hope for a ...more
Josh Liller
Sep 14, 2016 Josh Liller rated it it was ok
Though the publication date on the copy I have in 1993, a closer look reveals it is reprinted from 1964. Robert Krick adds an introduction to this edition, but the main work seems unchanged.

On the one hand, this book has a good focus on the command difficulties on both sides and the writing style was okay. But Dowdey has some strong bias, both pro-Southern and quite hostile to certain people like Jeff Davis and Joe Johnston and almost amusingly pro-McClellan. Parts of this book are painful slant
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Rich
May 21, 2014 Rich rated it really liked it
I would only recommend this book for someone who already has some knowledge of the campaign since there are some good insights here, but you have to know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff. Fortunately, working through the book and separating the wheat from the chaff isn't disagreeable since the writing is first-rate.
Avis Black
Feb 27, 2008 Avis Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though out of date, this book is well-written and still quite likeable. A good introduction to the battles before Richmond at the beginning of the Civil War.
Tim Anderson
Jan 01, 2016 Tim Anderson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A little hard to get through. The writing was dry and at times a bit confusing with his depiction battle geography. The book needs more maps. Overall not bad.
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Clifford Dowdey was born in Richmond, Virginia January 23, 1904 and died there May 30, 1979. The Richmond Newspapers, the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Richmond News Leader eulogized him as The Last Confederate. His father was descended from immigrants surnamed O'Dowda of County Galway, Ireland, and his mother from an English settler of Jamestown. His father worked for Western Union and his moth ...more
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